Let’s Play: Suzuki Twinkle Theme

Hi everyone! Here’s the next installment in our Let’s Play series. This is our final Twinkle stop, my friends. This time we will take a look at the Theme for Suzuki’s Twinkle Variations. There are five variations that lead to this theme (the nursery rhyme everyone knows). This theme is what Suzuki uses to produce the order of notes for each variation. This piece is going to sound very familiar to most of you. That is why I love the Suzuki method.

The Suzuki method is available with a CD that has tracks for all the songs in each respective book. However, many of my students say some of the songs are just too fast for them to play along with before they really have the piece memorized. I decided to record these videos to give you something to play along with that moves a little slower than the CD. This is for that time when you know the song, but still have some polishing to do.

Standard operating procedure is that we start first by listening to the piece. Don’t jump right into playing. Allow your ear to acquire the pitches and adjust to the tempo (speed) of the song. Also, allow yourself the time to recognize pitches and their relationship to one another. I hope this doesn’t sound too abstract. You can use this video to help you understand timing, rhythms, and the duration of notes. I hope this helps, and have a great day!

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